Published: 27 September 2016

Access to health services and vaccinations

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Health services for students are widely available on campus and in the city. Here’s a run-down of what you can access and where:

Register with a local GP

If you have moved to Liverpool for your studies you need to register with a local GP. This will be your main point of contact when you are ill or need support.

It is particularly important if you have a health condition such as asthma or diabetes, or require medication. Your new doctor will be able to liaise with your usual hospital consultant if necessary, and you will be able to continue to visit your home GP on a temporary basis during the holiday period.

If you live at any of the Halls of Residence or close to the University campus then you will be within the practice boundary for Brownlow Health which operates Student Health Services. Please visit the website for more information www.brownlowhealth.co.uk.

For help identifying your local GP surgery, please visit www.nhs.uk.

Walk-in centres

Walk-in centres are nurse-led services at sites across the city which provide treatment for minor illnesses and injuries and give confidential health advice. Their opening times vary and information can be found at www.nhs.uk. No appointment is needed.

Out of hours GP service

For access to GP support and advice at the weekend please phone your GP practice number and you will be directed to the out of hours service. Keep a pen and paper handy to jot any information down.

Hospital accident and emergency departments

Hospital accident and emergency is for serious illness or accidents which need urgent treatment in hospital.

If you are unsure whether you need to visit hospital, please ring your GP practice or attend the walk-in centre for advice.

Pharmacy

Your local pharmacist will offer consultations and provide advice and treatment for a range of minor illnesses.

All students are entitled to free prescriptions up to the age of 19 when statutory prescription prices will then apply. Please ask at reception in Student Health (building 502 on campus map) or the Student Health Advice Centre (SHAC) (at Carnatic Halls) for a HC1 form which may entitle you to free prescriptions after the age of 19.

Dentist

To find an NHS dentist please contact HealthWatch on 03007777007.

Sexual health and consent

To access free, local sexual health advice and services such as free contraception, and testing and treatment of sexually shared infections, please ask at Student Health or visit www.sexualhealthliverpool.co.uk.

The University is committed to supporting students’ wellbeing through creating a safe, supportive and respectful campus community. A key part of establishing this environment is through active promotion of the importance of sexual consent.

For more information about consent, please watch the short video below or visit https://stream.liv.ac.uk/g3cuh9g5.

 

Further information and guidance as well as wider support services are available from Student Welfare Advice and Guidance at: https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/studentsupport/.

 Meningitis

Public Health England (PHE) has recently launched a meningitis vaccination programme (MenACWY) for students, aged under 25, who have started at university this autumn or those who didn’t have the vaccination last year.

The vaccination will offer students protection against meningitis (inflammation of the brain) and septicaemia (blood poisoning) and protects against four strains of the infection– MenA, MenC, MenW and MenY.

The programme has been developed in response to a rapidly growing increase in cases of MenW, one of the most aggressive and deadly strains.

Students are particularly at risk of meningitis and septicaemia because they mix closely with so many other students, some of whom are unknowingly carrying the bacteria.

Meningitis is comparatively rare, but it is important to be aware of the symptoms and be prepared to take urgent action whenever it is suspected as it can develop suddenly and progress rapidly.

The early symptoms include:

  • Sudden onset of high fever
  • Severe and worsening headache
  • Stiff neck
  • Vomiting
  • Joint and muscle pain
  • Dislike of bright lights
  • Very cold hands and feet
  • A rash that doesn’t fade when pressed with a glass

Students should be alert to the signs and symptoms and should not wait for a rash to develop before seeking medical attention urgently. Students are also encouraged to look out for their friends, particularly if they go to their room unwell.

Further general information about Meningitis may be obtained from the Meningitis Research Foundation: 080 8800 3344 (24hr helpline) or www.meningitis.org.

To access the vaccination, please visit your GP or register with Student Health (Brownlow Health – http://www.brownlowhealth.co.uk/) and they will advise when and how you can get one.

Drop-in vaccination sessions are available on Tuesday, 27 September 4pm – 7pm at Herculaneum (Carnatic Halls) and on Wednesday, 5 October 4pm – 7pm at the Student Health Centre on campus.

For further Information about all health services for students at the University, please contact Brownlow Health on 0151 285 4578 or visit www.brownlowhealth.co.uk

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